Question about Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM, USB 2.0, eSATA, External 500 GB Hard Drive

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Delayed Write Failure

My FreeAgent Pro drive has had problems from day 1.  When I try to copy a large file to/from it, I will usually receive an error from Windows stating "Delayed Write Failure".  Now I tried to do my homework before posting here, but am on the verge of throwing it out the window.

The information I found for this type of error and this type of drive indicates that there are issues with using the drive with a USB 1.0 port.  I decided that maybe it was possible that my home computer had the older type USB ports since I bought it used from a friend and it was a few years old.  So I decided to give it a try with a new Dell Latitude D620 that I know for a fact has USB 2.0 ports.  I still have the same issues with the drive on my laptop.

Is Seagate known for flaky products or what?  I had only heard of good things about them up till this point.  I can certainly say that I am not pleased with this purchase,

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  • margo_b Nov 05, 2007

    Yes, I had delayed write failure from day one. I purchased the hard drive in Aug 2007. Unable to correct, even after following instruction from microsft web help. I am ready to dump this hard drive. Problem doe not occur with other hard or flash drive connections

  • VedderNation Nov 08, 2007

    This problem is not solved afterall. I thought it was working better, but that is not the case. Has anyone else found a solution for this dumpy hard drive?



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Can you please say with fix in the KB article you actually used? I've got the same problem with my FreeAgent Pro. My system settings already match the recommended settings except for the registry change to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management. But I'm hesitant to modify that - not that I don't know how, but rather I'm a bit concerned about the statement: "Note The FFFFFFFF value is okay to use. However, a value that is more than the default value but less than the maximum value may provide better results."

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Http:// Suggested by eagle338 fixed the problem

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Before you throw it i advice that you go through this link...Read it carefully..It is not a problem with your drive..If you find something thats hard to grasp let me know and i will be here to offer further support.

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